|Thomson, MN- June 20th 2012 6.10am|
That said, two years ago this week this is the calamity that my small town of Thomson, MN was dealing with.
It all started for Margaret, Tae and I at 4am with a knock on the front door and an emergency evac. I would love to say that it has ended, but the reality is that even after two years it has not.
The cruel irony of a natural disaster is that not only is the initial impact of the event destructive, the recovery is as well.
Two years on, the Thomson Res. is still not working and has yet to be filled.
The Forbay Canal, while finished by Minnesota Power has yet to be generating power.
Many of the trails we have lost in Jay Cooke State Park are still in ruins as well as many bridges that connected them. Highway 210 is still closed with no clear communication as to if it will be re-opened. Things that have been fixed, have been changed dramatically to fit new criteria and standards, many of those being more impactful than the flood itself.
|Vermillion Ave, Thomson MN 6/21/12|
I will say it is uncanny how similar this seasons rain events have been to 2012. Amazingly in our small region the water levels are starting to drop, but I watch with bated breath as communities to our south and our north struggle with a near perfect copy of our 2012 experience.